Annemarie Musawale is a Kenyan author and ghostwriter who writes for a global audience. She began writing stories as soon as she learned how to write. In early day, her problem was that she would begin to write a story but not finish it. In 2011, she read about a manuscript project in which the winner would have their story professionally published. It was the spur that pushed her to finish the story that had been in her head. She submitted it and while waiting to hear back, she wrote a prequel. Those books became her book series- Child of Destiny. Since then, she has written several other books and short stories and continue to do so.
She joined Woxpert on 26th May, 2018, and has uploaded amazing short stories- "Clyde and His Bonnie", "The Devil is in the Details", " Desperate Times " and "Sixes of One". She has also written a novella- a collection of short stories titled "Lunchtime Stories" on Woxpert.com. She is one of the pioneer authors on this platform.
Q. What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A. When you're happy, you don't really need the inspiration to get out of bed. I do work that I enjoy; I have a son who is turning out loads better than I could have hoped, I live in a house that I love. Its no hardship getting up every day; I have so much to look forward to.
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. I am a lover of stories. I love an excellent story well told. Being an author myself, it's not so much that I have faves, but that I have people I aspire to be when I grow up. There is Diana Gabaldon who has written an excellent guide for relationships disguised as an excellent series of books. The tv series...meh. There is Maria Doria Russell who wrote two books about our relationship with God. There is some anger there, some uncomfortable truths and a character you just fall in love with. I think that's the essence of a good story. If you fall in love with the character; Jamie Fraser, Father Emilio Sandoz, Harry Potter, Lestat de Lioncourt and his lover Louis...and then there is the tv series that are so well written its like a good book all over again; Eric Kripke and Jeff Davis have written such characters for Supernatural and Teen Wolf. Stories so well woven you can watch over and over and find something new every time. Todd Slavkin and Darren Schwimmer have also done a great job with Shadowhunters. Just like with a good book.
Q. When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
A. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, marketing, designing, blogging, I'm on social media trolling the trolls, or I'm spending time with family.
Q. How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A. I am doing a lot of fan fiction now because there is simply no limit to the premises of the story. I love the utter freedom that is there to write about absolutely anything and everything. I also browse Amazon or Smashwords and see if any book blurbs capture my interest.
Q. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A. No. I think I was five.
Q. What is your writing process?
A. I put my hands on the keys and let the words come. I'm simply a conduit.
Q. Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
A. Again, I think I was five..
Q. How do you approach cover design?
A. It's a gut thing. I want to feel like Yaaaasss! when I see the cover. but also I like to post the cover on my social media sites to see how many people agree with my choice. I'm on my third cover for my flagship book; child of destiny and I finally said Yaaasss! check it out on my author page bit.ly/authorpageannemarie
Q. What are your five favorite books, and why?
· The Prisoner of Azkhaban by J.K Rowling
· Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
· Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
· Children of God by Maria Doria Russell
· The Half-Blood Prince by J.K Rowling
Q. What do you read for pleasure?
A. I've recently discovered fan fiction so that's what I'm reading a lot of now. its shorter than regular books and therefore I can read during my 'work' breaks. But any story really.
Q. What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
A. I write fanfiction, or other small pieces such as the ones I post on here and then put the link to my book beneath them. I have two books priced free and I do a lot of social media marketing. You can follow along on twitter @annemariezbooks: http://bit.ly/annemariezbookstwitter, like my facebook author page: http://bit.ly/annemarieauthorpageand find me on goodreads:http://bit.ly/goodreadsAnnemarie
Q. Describe your desk
A. It is super cluttered; luckily I got a large one so that I can have sometimes two laptops, two diaries, pens, mouse, and extra keyboard.
Q. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A. I grew up in Nairobi Kenya and my mother was a teacher. she put story books in my hands very early. I was an anomaly among my friends because I was 'always reading'. It was unusual to be so into story books because where was the practicality in that? I think that's why it took me so long to consider it as a possible career.
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[The interview was done by Woxpert Team, and published on 10th August, 2018.]
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